May 11, 2016

The Willamette Stone State Heritage Site

By: Mary Pellegrini

The Willamette Stone State Heritage Site

Steve and I love to get Out and About, exploring our world.  Last week we went to the Willamette Valley to have lunch with our friends, retired innkeepers.  After lunch we headed to the Willamette Stone State Heritage Site.

The Willamette Stone Heritage site is located in Portland’s West Hills.  From this location surveys we conducted, promoting settlement of the Oregon and Washington, beginning transfer of land from government ownership to private ownership.  T he first marker, placed in 1851, a simple cedar stake, was replaced with a small stone obelisk in 1885.  In 1945 the property was purchased to preserve and protect the origin point of the land survey system for Oregon and Washington.  A stainless-steel marker, set into the original obelisk, was rededicated in 1988.  The Willamette Meridian is one of 37 principal meridians in the United States.  All land surveys and property descriptions in the states of Oregon and Washington are referenced at this point.  The Willamette meridian runs north-south, and the Willamette baseline runs east-west through the marker.

The Old Parkdale Inn B&B is located on THE Willamette Baseline.  The Baseline runs from the Pacific Ocean, west-east through Parkdale on to the Snake River and the Idaho border.

We’re honored to have you as our guests here in the Hood River Valley.  And when you walk out the door with the information we’ve shared we hope you visit some of the places we’ve explored before you.  Oregon is an amazing state, full of geological and historical wonders.  And we’ve but scratched the surface.  Explore your World!

 

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